Restoring Wood Cutting Boards

Wood cutting boards all stained and dinged? You can restore them instead of buying new ones. Sanding and oiling will allow you to extend the life of your cutting boards.

stained cutting boar

You'll need a power sander, several sheets of sandpaper, some mineral oil, a soft, absorbent cloth, and some paper towels to restore this cutting board. Watch the video below.

Since this is a bit of a messy job, I like to have all my wooden cutting boards done at the same time. Make sure the cutting boards are clean and dry. They may need to sit for a day to air-dry.




Work outside, for this is a dusty job. Secure the board to a work surface. Using a coarse sandpaper, such as 50-grit, work back-and-forth in the direction of the grain until the board is smooth and stains are removed.

Then switch to a 100-grit paper followed by a 150-grit paper for the finishing touch. Make sure you do all the sanding in the direction of the grain to get the best results.

If you do not have a power sander, you can achieve the same results using a hand-sanding block. It'll just take a bit more work, but it is doable.

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When the wood cutting boards are smooth and stain-free, it's time to oil them.

Use mineral oil because it will not become rancid or affect the flavor of the food. Use a soft, clean, absorbent cloth to apply the oil in the direction of the grain. Let the oil soak in and repeat at least 4 or 5 times until no more oil is absorbed.

Remove any excess oil with a dry cloth or paper towel. Let boards sit for about 6 hours to "harden" the oil.

Cutting board maintenance includes re-oiling the boards monthly or as often as needed. Doing this will help stop the wood from cracking or pulling apart at the joints resulting in a much bigger repair job.

You'll enjoy using your cutting boards so much more when they look new.

And now you know how to keep them that way too!



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